Abstract: The Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the best interests principle codified in Article 3 in particular, is playing an increasingly significant role in decisions involving the admission or removal of a child from a host State. The talk will discuss the extent to which the best interests principle may provide an independent source of international protection. That protection may, for instance, proscribe the removal of a child from a host State notwithstanding that the child is ineligible for protection as a refugee or protection under the more traditional non-refoulement obligations in international human rights law.
About the speaker: Jason Pobjoy is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, where he has a broad practice including public and human rights law, refugee and immigration law and public international law. He maintains a significant pro bono practice, and has acted pro bono for UNHCR, the Office of the Children's Commissioner, Bail for Immigration Detainees, Medical Justice, the AIRE Centre, ILGA-Europe, and the International Commission of Jurists.
Jason has published widely in the areas of refugee law, public and human rights law and public international law. His monograph, 'The Child in International Refugee Law' will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. Jason lectured in International Human Rights Law at the University of Cambridge and was the founding chair of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project, which has, since its establishment, facilitated the involvement of more than 150 LLM and PhD students in various pro bono projects.
Jason is also an Australian qualified lawyer and practiced for several years as a litigation solicitor. Jason completed a Masters in Law at the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford, a doctorate at the University of Cambridge, and he has also been a Research Associate at the Refugee Law Project at Makerere University in Kampala and a Hauser Visiting Doctoral Researcher at New York University School of Law.